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Are You Ready for a Career in IT?

IT-Ready is a full-time classroom programme offered to qualified individuals. We teach bright, motivated individuals the technical and professional development skills needed to be successful in the information technology industry. And once training is complete, we’ll help place you with an IT company for your first job.


More Earning Potential

The average salary of an IT job in the UK is 56% higher than the average national wage.


Career Mobility

More than 140,000 tech jobs are open in the UK.


Future Growth

By 2022, the number of IT jobs in the UK will grow by 2%.

Qualification Checklist

With limited classroom space – and overwhelming demand – IT-Ready must be deliberate in its selection process, choosing motivated and interested candidates who are committed to success. The application process starts with these questions: 

  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Are you a resident of Lancashire?
  • Are you a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK?
  • Do you have 4 GCSEs (including Maths and English)?
  • Do you have access to a computer with internet connection?
  • Can you commit to eight weeks of unpaid training?
  • Will you be open to full-time work following your training?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, we encourage you to apply.

Apply to IT-Ready

Upcoming Classes


Technical Support16 September 201926 August 2019 - Lancashire residents can apply now

Our autumn classes are held at Cotton Court Business Centre, Church Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3BY, UK.

Programme Overview & FAQs

Students who enroll in our classroom-based IT-Ready Technical Support programme learn technical skills to help them successfully pass both parts of the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

All IT-Ready students also receive professional development training to refine highly sought after business skills including communication techniques, conflict management, teamworking, critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates are prepared to apply both technical and professional skills starting Day One of their next job. 

  • Q1

    How long does the class session last and how many people are in class?
    IT-Ready Lancashire classes take place over eight weeks in a classroom environment with one instructor and up to 20 students. The instructor shares material in a lecture format, but leaves plenty of time for questions, group projects and one-on-one attention, as well as hands-on labs.
  • Q2

    How much does a class cost?
    IT-Ready Lancashire is funded in partnership with the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership as part of the DCMS Digital Skills Innovation fund, so that students can attend classes for free.
  • Q3

    How long does each class run and is it every day?
    Classes are held five days a week, Monday through Friday, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and ending at 4.30 p.m. Students are required to be on time every day; the programme allows only one absence and two excused late arrivals. The training course runs for eight weeks.
  • Q4

    What materials do I need to take a class?
    A pencil and paper to take notes are all you need for class. Textbooks and in-class computers are provided for students. However, students must dress as they would in an employment setting in business attire.
  • Q5

    What type of job can I expect to get after completing IT-Ready and where?
    Within four months of graduating, 85% students are working in a paid IT role in local area companies. Technical support graduates move into help desk tech roles, building and maintaining a business’s IT environment and assisting its internal and external customers. IT-Ready students who pass their certification exams are eligible for a tech job paying £16,000 - £18,000 annually. IT-Ready graduates are effectively employees of that company on a temporary, contract, or full-time permanent basis. IT-Ready staff remain in touch with graduates to ensure all goes smoothly.

Our Partners

Creating IT Futures believes strongly in collaboration to achieve shared goals.

IT-Ready is a programme of Creating IT Futures. For more information about Creating IT Futures and our full range of programmes, please visit